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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Apr 9, 2010 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Sugaree

It circulates on one or more of the torrent sites.
Can't remember exactly which one.

Just gotta poke around!!

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Poster: steam locomotive Date: Apr 9, 2010 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Sugaree

This topic seems to be an old chestnut, and every time it comes up, I find myself newly perplexed by the smattering of favorites from the 1980's and even a few from the pre-retirement era (all of which sound alike).

Look, the golden age of Sugarees was '76-'77. And the single greatest Sugaree ever performed was 5-22-77 aka Dick's Picks 3. It absolutely glows.

I know some people prefer e.g. 10-17-83. Nice one. I think people are getting carried away by the shredding. And it's always good to see Jerry wake up and give a committed performance.

But the reason the DP3 Sugaree is so head and shoulders above (and yet another reason that I'm convinced that the occasionally perverse Dick really had a touch for picking out shows) is that it's the ultimate band performance.

Jerry's voice is as good as it would ever get. It sounds rageful when it should, sorrowful when it should, etc. Check out his first solo, after the first chorus. He's not just shredding. It builds so well, he's basically composing melodically on the spot a la Kind of Blue.

Listen to how Bob chimes behind him, hitting his downstrokes right on the money (and in that weird 12/8 time, no less). Listen to Keith's counterpoint throughout, and how the whole band -- even the frequently sluggish drummers -- seem to catch Jerry as he plays his descending riffs.

They lock in tight as a machine, but never lose sight of the song's totally human pathos. It kills me every time. How can anyone disagree?

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Poster: thebone Date: Apr 9, 2010 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Sugaree

Yes, I agree just recently bought DP #3 and that Sugaree is really awesome. Actually, the whole first disc is killer. Another great version of Sugaree is on Road Trips Vol. 1, No. 2 from 10/16/77 at LSU, with the whole first disc again being quite sick. I think it was a '77 thing...